A structural failure is typically a complex occurrence. Any number of deficiencies or events (and any combination of them) could cause something to fracture, buckle and deform, such as instability, corrosion, creep, wear in materials. These causes also have causes, like improper loading, design errors, high-energy impact, fire, or substandard workmanship. Dissecting such an event, then, can be a tall order.
At McLaren, we believe the most effective way to approach a forensic investigation is to recreate the incident. Employing input from our expert inspection teams, we use state-of-the-art analytical software to reconstruct the conditions, build simulations, and identify the mechanism of failure. Our engineers go beyond filing a report, showing what happened and why using full-motion, real-time video simulation and computer models.
As evidenced by numerous instances where we have provided legal testimony on technical issues, our Forensic Division’s expertise is relied upon to help identify culpability and establish responsibility when a structure fails. This service is essential in today’s world and, as a result, is one of the firm’s fastest growing specialties.
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Surveying and Boundary Disputes
Ships and Cruise Terminals
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